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Beyond greed and grievance: feasibility and civil war


Collier, P; Hoeffler, A; Rohner, D (2009). Beyond greed and grievance: feasibility and civil war. Oxford Economic Papers, 61(1):1-27.

Abstract

A key distinction among theories of civil war is between those that are built upon motivation and those that are built upon feasibility. We analyze a comprehensive global sample of civil wars for the period 1965-2004 and subject the results to a range of robustness tests. The data constitute a substantial advance on previous work. We find that variables that are close proxies for feasibility have powerful consequences for the risk of a civil war. Our results substantiate the 'feasibility hypothesis' that where civil war is feasible it will occur without reference to motivation.

Abstract

A key distinction among theories of civil war is between those that are built upon motivation and those that are built upon feasibility. We analyze a comprehensive global sample of civil wars for the period 1965-2004 and subject the results to a range of robustness tests. The data constitute a substantial advance on previous work. We find that variables that are close proxies for feasibility have powerful consequences for the risk of a civil war. Our results substantiate the 'feasibility hypothesis' that where civil war is feasible it will occur without reference to motivation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 09:17
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 23:58
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0030-7653
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpn029
Official URL:http://oep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/61/1/1

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